CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL (April) – The CLFF is produced every April by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino culture among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms.  The Chicago Latino Film Festival began…

Chicago International Salsa Congress (February) – Salsa Congresses celebrate the rich cultural legacy of Latin and Afro-Caribbean music and dance. The Chicago International Salsa Congress is the premier Latin Music and Dance event of the year for the Chicago-Midwest region, bringing you total immersion for 4 nights and 3 days of non-stop excitement with our unsurpassed…

HispanoFest (Sep 09 – 15th) – HispanoFest is compiled of local business owners, Village of Melrose Park employees, community volunteers and the continued support of the Mayor of Melrose Park Ronald Serpico. HispanoFest is also a non-profit 503(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and also classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). Mission: HispanoFest promotes the…

Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade (Sept 12th) – This parade is a culturally enriched parade celebrating Mexican Independence. It features traditional folkloric, equestrian and Aztec dancing, local school organizations (marching bands), and floats sponsored by local businesses. This parade also seeks to help lift the spirits of people who are suffering from terminal illnesses by bestowing the…

Chicago Mexican Independence Day (Sept 9 – 11th) – One of the largest celebrations of Mexican culture and history in the Midwest takes place the weekend of September 9-11 in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. The 27th annual Festival de La Villita is part of the Fiestas Patrias family of patriotic holidays held each year in Mexico. This…

Taste of Latin America (August) – Unlike other big-city food festivals, Taste of Latin America is food-centric and stays completely true to its purpose- to celebrate and showcase the very best that Chicago’s finest Latin American restaurants and chefs have to offer. The goal is to give attendees a true and varied Latin American culinary and…

Chicago Ecuadorian Festival (August) – We would like to extend our warmest greetings to everybody in 2015. Our organization, Asociación Social del Azuay, was formed over twenty years ago in the City of Chicago. We are a very active organization which showcases the Ecuadorian customs and traditions to the community. It is a great honor…

Chicago Festival Cubano (Aug 12 – 14th) – Now in its 6th year, this high-profile 3-day summer festival is recognized as one of the largest, most organized and elite Latino family festivals in Chicago, the Midwest and across the nation. Festival Cubano is a high quality, authentic experience that features the best of Cuba’s rich, colorful…

–article by BIANCA BETANCOURT & photography by JAVIER SUÁREZ RUIDO FEST REVIEW – July 14, 2015 They say in order to know that you’ve made it as a musician, you have to break it big in the states. If the newly minted Chicago music festival, Ruido Fest, proved anything, it was that previous statement false. Over 50…